Improving sustainable agriculture
Much of our work in sustainable agriculture is done through our Kellogg’s Origins™ Program. More than 40 Kellogg’s Origins™ projects are active today, built in partnership with suppliers, farmers, scientists and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to increase productivity, improve environmental outcomes and positively impact farmer livelihoods. Examples include:
- In partnership with Centro Internacional de Mejoramiento de Maiz y Trigo - the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center - and the Grupo SACSA agricultural services company, we are training farm advisors to help small and medium-size farmers in northwest Mexico supply Kellogg with sustainably produced yellow maize for Kellogg’s Corn Flakes® and Zucaritas® for the Mexican market.
- Kashi® is continuing its first-of-a-kind program to help famers transition land to become Certified Organic. Since launching its Certified Transitional standard in 2016, nine farmers have put more than 4,000 acres into the program that purchases ingredients from them at a premium to help offset the costs of the three-year process to organic certification. The program has been so well-received by farmers and consumers that Kashi® has rolled out four new Chewy Nut Butter Bars® using transitional dates, rice, sorghum and almonds. It’s original Kashi® Dark Cocoa Karma cereal using transitional wheat continues to be well received.
- In 2017, we celebrated 10 years of partnership with farmers in Colombia who we trained to grow rice for Kellogg’s® Choco Krispies® cereal in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru
Soil health is increasingly recognized as a key contributor to healthy ecosystems, improving both climate resilience and farm profitability. By improving soil health, we improve water quality, increase drought resilience and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, better enabling farmers to feed the world’s growing population.
One example of our work protecting soil health is our co-chairmanship of the Midwest Row Crop Collaborative (MRCC) that brings together three international NGOs and nine multinational companies to focus on soil and water quality in the U.S. Upper Mississippi River Basin. MRCC’s goal is to demonstrate the economic and environmental benefit of soil health practices to farmers in this important agricultural region.
- Our Kellogg’s Origins™ projects in the U.S. are advancing practices across 250,000 acres that protect soil health, including crop rotation and cover crops.
- In Great Britain, farmers grow wheat for Kellogg’s® Special K® cereals. Those who participate in a Kellogg’s Origins™ project encouraging them to grow winter beans and other cover crops saw an average 20 percent increase in worms, a key indicator of soil health.
- In support of improved pollinator health, we are working with farmers in our Kellogg’s Origins™ Farmer Program and Kellogg Grower Survey engagements to measure key indicators like fertilizer and pesticide use, conservation practices and crop rotation. Because of the scale of the issue, we are also collaborating with NGOs and peer companies through the Honey Bee Health Coalition. Specifically, we’re engaging farmers to adopt practices that promote pollinator health like integrated pest management and creating pollinator strips along field edges.